While majority of the meals we had in Inner Mongolia were good, I can’t say the same for lodging. We opted to stay in wooden cabin and yurt, in hope to get a better feel of how the locals lived.
The wooden cabin does look rustic and “comfortable” enough, but there were unexpected downsides to it. The walls were so thin, we could hear every conversation going on in our adjoining rooms. One family had a bawling kid, while the other side were loud talking family. When night comes, the thunderous snoring ensued, as though they were in the same room.
The yurts are traditional hut like home for the locals. Although it isn’t the common dwellings in the modern time, many tourists opt to live in one for the experience. Most yurts now were built with modern comfort such as heater, electricity, and toilets attached. You can call it a luxurious roughing out and the kids definitely loved it. However it becomes dreadful when the hot water was not properly pipped to the yurt and it was below 10 degree celsius. Water coming out was from the tap was yellowish, which they claimed were good minerals from the underground water source. I call that mud water!